June 29, 2017

PEEC for NGSS Instructional Materials Design

Achieve recently released PEEC, the Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria, which helps educators evaluate NGSS instructional materials. The PEEC also helps curriculum developers to create science materials that reflect NGSS practices.

June 23, 2017

Connecting Curriculum and Professional Learning in Schools

This paper from the Aspen Institute is a resource for state and district leaders looking to improve instructional outcomes for students by improving teacher development in their schools. The paper reviews research, provides examples of innovative state practices, and offers recommendations.

June 6, 2017

EdReports Releases New ELA Reviews, an independent nonprofit designed to improve K-12 education, releases three new ELA textbook reviews. The evidence-based reviews are conducted by expert educators and equips teachers with textbooks reviews that aid educators in adoption and instructional decisions. 

May 30, 2017

Next-Generation Science Tests

This article from Ed Week examines how states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are progressing on the development of assessments that align with those standards. The NGSS has changed science instruction, which means that science assessments need to change as well, but putting in place a new assessment is no easy task with the requirements and constraints faced by state education agencies.

May 22, 2017

Leveraging ESSA to Increase College Readiness and Completion

This policy brief from Higher Ed for Higher Standards, in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers and other organizations, describes four main areas in which higher education leaders can partner with their K-12 colleagues to support students' success in college and careers.